Welcome to the project!

Mastering Media Goes Digital is an AEC-NET virtual collaborative project between students and teachers in Europe and Asia. It continues the themes and principles of the first two Mastering Media projects. This time, however, the goal is to make students aware of and reflect on their use of technology in their everyday lives.

After the experiences of the two previous project years, when we worked on a Moodle platform, we are now venturing into totally new territory by adopting some Web 2.0 tools. Instead of students working mostly separately in each school and then sharing finished products with others, all work will now be carried out in small international teams. For this, we are using Wikispaces, which should lend itself easily to such collaboration across continents and countries. For further student interaction, a Ning social network has been created. With the help of these tools there will be high expectations for connectivity and collaboration on students in the participating schools. The main goal is to have everybody actively engaged to work on the theme and to create the final products together.

As all this is quite new to me, and many others I'm sure, I must admit I am a little bit apprehensive before the launch of the project. Yet, I am sure our students will soon get into the swing of all these new tools, and hopefully find it even far more attractive to work on than the more conventional Moodle platform.

With the new tools I am not only hoping to enhance student interaction and collaboration, but that of the participating teachers, too. I hope we will all share resources, lesson plans, ideas and visions in the course of the project and keep learning from each other. It takes a lot of effort from everyone, but at the end of the day will hopefully be well worth it!

Personally, I have learned a lot from the Flat Classroom Project, which is well worth checking out as their work is out of this world!

Looking forward to an interesting and rewarding project experience!

Finland, January 6, 2008
Sinikka Laakio-Whybrow - project coordinator
contact: sinikkalw@gmail.com